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figural folk art cane

Folk Art Cane with Carved Relief Figures c. 1930s-40s

I wish I knew the story behind the imagery in this curious old folk art cane. The piece is signed G M — presumable the maker — who decorated the cane with the figures of six rather dapper looking gentlemen, two quirky birds, and two deer heads — all relief-carved, as the photos show, with […]

water moccasin detail of head

Charley Kinney “Water Mox’n”

Who else but Charley Kinney (1906-1991) could make a water moccasin the central figure of a painting and also make it look so darned friendly and even “cute”? At the same time, by depicting a full-length water moccasin on patrol, the artist reminds us that this is a creature we don’t want to mess with. […]

painted articulated figure c.1920s

Articulated Figure with Original Paint

Using the simplest of materials — pine, bent wire and paint, the unknown maker of this figure has created a distinctive little piece of folk art. The figure is hand carved, with arms that are jointed at the shoulders, elbows and wrists and legs at the hips, knees and ankles, giving it a more animated […]

Amish doll quilt with machine quilting

Child-Made Amish Doll Quilt

  Collected in Ronks, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this happy little doll quilt is a first attempt at quilting and presumably the work of a child. It’s Amish-made, c.1940s, and features a 16-patch design of tiny hand-pieced floral cotton squares and larger square-ish cotton pieces of ruddy orange. The piecework is framed by soft cotton flannel […]

stylized mountains

Self-Taught Artist Larry John Palsson: A J Compton Gallery Exclusive

  (NOTE FROM JEAN: This is a departure from my usual format, so you’ll find info and prices below the text.) The visionary paintings of Larry John Palsson (1948-2010) were discovered a year after his death when the contents of his modest Seattle, Washington, home were offered for sale. This unusual trove of paintings — […]